Huebsch Names Store Owners of the Quarter

Huebsch recently named Glenn Catlin and Rowena Garcia its Store Owners of the Quarter. The couple saved thousands of dollars revitalizing their Texas laundromat with energy-efficient washers and dryers. Catlin and Garcia own and operate Las Lavanderia, a...

Speed Queen Unveils Laundromat Franchise Program

Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that its subsidiary – Speed Queen Laundry Franchise, LLC – is now offering Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchises in nearly every state in the U.S. This opportunity is currently being offered through select distributors, as...

The Local Laundry Hub

For Many of Today’s Vended Laundry Owners, It’s No Longer a ‘Cash-at-All-Cost’ Business An exciting movement is taking hold within the vended laundry industry. More and more laundries are serving as community hubs, where giving back is as important as receiving....

New Learning Space to Highlight Free Laundry Day in Phoenix

On November 12, the LaundryCares Foundation will host a free laundry day event from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Local Laundry in Phoenix. These events provide free laundry services and cleaning products to underserved communities across the country, as well as free food...
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Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

What Makes a Laundry Ideal for a Successful Turnaround? There’s been a lot of talk about purchasing and retooling older, neglected laundromats. And, in recent years, it has proven to be a great strategy for many savvy laundry operators looking to grow their...

Clean 2019: A Recap from New Orleans

Clean 2019: A Recap from New Orleans

Taking a Look Back at the Industry’s Trade Show and Convention Technology was center stage at this year’s Clean Show in New Orleans. “Technology is beginning to rapidly disrupt the vended laundry world,” noted Sharon Brinks, who owns The Laundry Station in Wichita,...

The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat

The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat

An Interview with New York University’s Dr. Susan Neuman Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a professor of childhood and literacy development at New York University. Previously, she has been a professor at the University of Michigan and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary...


CLA Unveils New Membership Payment Options

The Coin Laundry Association now offers two different payment options and auto-renewals for annual membership dues for current and future store owners. The association launched new technology systems in early 2019 that feature various capabilities for membership...

Broadcasting Your Business

How to Use Radio and Television to Promote Your Vended Laundry I’ve always been extremely interested in radio and television. As a child, I used to collect mail order catalogs for two-way radios and look through them constantly. I’d also listen to my transistor radio...

Laundry Industry Veteran Retires

Laundry industry veteran Herald Birchfield recently announced his retirement after nearly 50 years in the business. Birchfield began his laundry career selling washers and dryers in the 1970s. He and his wife, Nancy, ran the Maytag Commercial Laundry Division of...

CLA Offers Digital Marketing for Laundromats

The Coin Laundry Association has introduced a new membership benefit for digital marketing services, provided by American Marketing & Publishing, LLC. The CLA is collaborating with American Marketing & Publishing to bring store owners a new opportunity to...

CLA Launches Garment Care White Paper with Upcoming Webinar

The Coin Laundry Association will release a new white paper outlining proper garment care and stain removal for laundry professionals on October 16. “Garment Care and Stain Removal Basics for Laundry Owners” is part of the CLA’s Gold Book Research Series of resources...

By the Numbers

An Interview with Ideal Spot CEO Marc Smookler Marc Smookler has started five companies – three of which are market leaders in their respective spaces: a commercial real estate data platform, an online retailer and a unified communications provider. Mr. Smookler’s...

CLA Connect LIVE Announces Upcoming Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These upcoming events are open to current and potential laundry owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – North Carolina October 2 in Raleigh, N.C....

PWS Adds Payment Systems Specialist

In a move to solidify its place as a complete, full-service commercial laundry distributor, PWS has hired long-time industry veteran Alfredo Duque of AMD Card Solutions. AMD specializes in the installation and service of payment systems in the vended laundry and...

The Urban Laundromat Renewal

Maximizing Turnover, Revenue and Profit In many urban settings, utility, real estate and rent costs are on the rise, which makes doing business there tricky. Luckily, for the vended laundry owner, there are many concrete ways to effectively combat costs, while...

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  • Legislation: State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes
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Industry News

Maytag Expands Product Offering in Asia Pacific

At last month’s Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo in Shanghai, Maytag Commercial Laundry announced its investment in the expansion of commercial laundry products and programs supporting investors in Asia Pacific. The Maytag brand is committed to supporting the...

Speed Queen, UniMac Go Factory-Direct in Texas

Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that it will serve customers for its Speed Queen and UniMac commercial brands direct in the state of Texas. The announcement comes as Alliance marks its second acquisition in Texas, following the recent purchase of Commercial...

State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes

Here Are Some States to Watch… Along with Predictions for 2020 In 2019, state lawmakers across the country introduced 25 bills aimed at expanding their sales tax bases to services. Although just one of these proposals became law (a Washington Business and Occupation...

CLA Announces Four Upcoming Connect LIVE Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These events are open to current and potential store owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Georgia October 15 in Atlanta “Natural Gas...

CLA Releases 2019 Laundry Industry Survey

The Coin Laundry Association has released the 23rd annual Industry Survey of vended laundry owners nationwide. For more than 20 years, the CLA has commissioned Readex Research, a nationally recognized independent research company, to conduct an industrywide survey of...



The Laundry Doctor

W-D-F 2.0

W-D-F 2.0

What Does the Future Hold for the Wash-Dry-Fold Business? As I’ve been saying in this column for several years, the wash-dry-fold business continues to grow, morph and evolve into something new seemingly each time we look in a different direction. The future of...

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The Business Mind

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Being Intuitive, Innovative and Truthful Will Help Your Ads Cut Through All of Today’s Promotional Clutter The amount of advertising that bombards us these days is astronomical. All of us are constantly deluged with promotional messages – on our computers, on our...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

I recently had a wash-dry-fold customer bring in several shirts with a distinct rosy stain around the necklines and down the fronts. We’ve determined that the stains were caused by sunscreen. All efforts to remove the stains have failed. Do you have a suggestion for...

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Digital Marketing

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

To Grow Your Vended Laundry Business, Focus on Four Key Factors Here’s a fact that shouldn’t surprise you by now: More than half of all purchases are influenced by a digital presence. You, your neighbors and the strangers across town are all Googling (and maybe...

Marketing Trends to Adopt in 2019

These Four Growing Technologies and Promotional Methods Deserve Your Attention The marketing industry is relentless, and it likes to think big. Every year, new technologies and marketing methods emerge that seek to make it easier for businesses like yours win new...


Building Strong Connections

More meetings in more places for more people. This is the goal of the reinvented affiliate program and the new meeting concept that the Coin Laundry Association is excited to launch. In the May 2018 issue of PlanetLaundry, CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace wrote the...

Partners in Laundry

To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I've ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What's the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a...


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